The Dead Sea is not as dead as once believed; see it all on your next visit.
In the heart of the Syrian-African Rift valley, just beyond the Jordan River’s southern outlet, lies the Dead Sea. This stunning place is renowned as one of the top destinations in the world, has made just about every top ten travel list, and is a personal bucket list item for millions of people. The Dead Sea is known throughout the world for its unique historical, geographical and biological characteristics. Some of the amazing sites surrounding the Dead Sea are Masada, Mount Nebo, the Negev Desert, the Judean Desert and many more.
Unique wildlife around at the Dead Sea
Despite the fact that nothing can live in the waters of the Dead Sea, the region boasts an impressive range of wildlife, such as ibex, leopards, hyrax, camels, donkeys, gazelle, striped hyena, jackals and wild boar, among many others. The region is also a bird watcher’s paradise, as it is home to species such as the fan-tailed raven, which can often be seen breeding in the canyons, and Tristan’s grackle, which cleans parasites off the ibex. The sand partridge, white-crowned black wheatear, black start and Arabian babbler can also be seen just about anywhere.
Just north of Ein Gedi, a short 15-minute drive from the sea’s shores, stands the village of Metzoqe Dragot (Dragot Cliff). The short walk is well worth the trip, as you will encounter special species such as the Bonelli’s eagle, lanner and Barbary falcon. If it’s your lucky day, you might catch sight of the golden eagle, long-legged buzzard, griffon or Egyptian vulture, among many other species. These animals have been here since the days of the Bible, and you have the chance to watch them in an amazing natural setting that has barely changed since those times.
Don’t miss out on all the wildlife to be found at the Dead Sea – it truly is breathtaking.